- Actor Anthony Rapp accused “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey, 58, of making a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14 in 1986.
- Rapp told BuzzFeed News that Spacey had invited him to a party at his Manhattan apartment, and later placed Rapp on a bed and laid on top of him.
- Spacey released a statement, calling his alleged actions “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
- Spacey came out as a gay man in the same statement.
“House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey has come out as gay after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14.
Spacey released a statement on Twitter following the accusation published by BuzzFeed News on Sunday. Rapp told the publication that in 1986, when Rapp was 14, Spacey had invited him to a party at his Manhattan apartment. Rapp, who was starring in a Broadway production at the time, attended the party, and said that Spacey later found Rapp watching TV in a bedroom, placed him on the bed, and laid on top of him. “I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me,” Rapp told BuzzFeed News.
Rapp said he left Spacey’s apartment unscathed and had only one direct encounter with Spacey since. Neither Spacey nor his representatives responded to multiple requests for comment, BuzzFeed News’ Adam B. Vary wrote, but Spacey released a lengthy statement on Twitter Sunday night, saying he “beyond horrified” to hear Rapp’s accusations, and characterising them as “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
Spacey went on to say that he has “loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Read Spacey’s full statement below:
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I own him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate, drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.
This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fuelled by the fact that I have been protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behaviour.”
Rumours about Spacey’s sexuality have circulated for years. The actor seemed to address them publicly during the Tony Awards in June. While hosting this year’s show, Spacey participated in a bit during which he dressed as a woman and sang the words, “I’m coming out,” before stopping himself abruptly.
Rapp’s allegation against Spacey follows weeks of sexual harassment and misconduct accusations that have roiled the entertainment industry. Film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been at the center the controversy after several women publicly accused him of varying degrees of misconduct, which ultimately caused Weinstein to be kicked out of his own production company.
Since then, new accusations have been directed at a number of high-profile individuals, including author and journalist Mark Halperin, former President George H.W. Bush, and a handful of tech industry executives. Previously revealed accusations against President Donald Trump and fired Fox News opinion host Bill O’Reilly have also resurfaced.
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